Report: Snowden Says He Gave No Info to Russians

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The Guardian journalist at the center of a series of revelations about the National Security Agency's sweeping surveillance programs says his source, Edward Snowden, told him he never gave any information to the Russian or Chinese governments.

Glenn Greenwald says in an article published Wednesday on the Guardian's website that he spoke to Snowden over the weekend and on Tuesday and that the leaker "vehemently denied" rumors that his data had been acquired by Moscow or Beijing.

Greenwald quotes him as saying that "I never gave any information to either government, and they never took anything from my laptops."

Critics of Snowden's leaks have often wondered at his relationship with Chinese or Russian authorities.

Snowden also said he is happy about the debate he ignited with his revelations about Washington's worldwide electronic espionage activities, Greenwald said.

"He's anxious about the next step..but feels really good about the debate he provoked," Greenwald, a lawyer turned muckraker who works for Britain's liberal Guardian newspaper, told AFP.

"He's very calm, without any fear and definitely happy about the choices that he made," added Greenwald who lives in Rio.

Currently stranded in Moscow, Snowden has applied for asylum in 27 countries in a bid to evade US justice for disclosing the existence of US electronic surveillance operations on a global scale.

The 30-year-old former National Security Agency contractor has gained a sympathetic ear from some leftist Latin American countries, including Venezuela.

Greenwald did not say where Snowden is or where he is expected to go.

 

 

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